News from the Caribbean:
March 30, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Those Caribbean governments that have not yet passed proceeds of crime legislation are being urged to do so. Consul general at the US Embassy, Mark Bysfield, made this call on Friday while addressing the official opening of the Regional Security...
March 28, 2015
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- The popularity of dark chocolate throughout the world has surpassed just being a flavour of the month. The rapid growth in demand for fine flavour cocoa, primarily used in the sought-after dark chocolate, over the past five years, is set to continue bringing lucrative benefits...
March 27, 2015
NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations officials on Wednesday welcomed the unveiling at the world body’s New York headquarters of a permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, which they acknowledged was one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history.
March 23, 2015
GUSTAVIA, St Barts -- Old planes and air shows are nothing new. But when it happens in the Caribbean, it is to be revered. Hundreds lined the approach road at Gustave III International Airport in the posh getaway island of St Barts to see history fly by. A fine collection of vintage World War II aircraft...
March 19, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Inadequate or outdated data have hindered the fight against poverty in some Caribbean countries, including those of the Eastern Caribbean. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), along with partners, will be working together to get a better picture of the effect of poverty.
March 19, 2015
Navigating “Island” Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: “Brains in your head –Insights from Dr Seuss”.
March 18, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- According to General John Kelly, commander of US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the two navy vessels the US currently deploys in the Caribbean will both be permanently withdrawn this summer. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last week...
March 14, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- A top US general has warned that Caribbean countries are unable to track nationals that could return from fighting for ISIS in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. The war in Syria has attracted roughly 100 foreign fighters from the Caribbean.
March 12, 2015
NASSAU, Bahamas (ILO) -- The ninth International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting of Caribbean labour ministers concluded on March 4, 2015, with a commitment to strengthen social dialogue further, both at the national and regional levels, and with renewed impetus to focus on...
March 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- On Monday, March 16, 2015, the Greater Caribbean for Life (GCL), a regional NGO working towards the abolition of the death penalty, will address the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) about issues relating to the death penalty in the Greater Caribbean.
March 10, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is currently revising its housing sector policy and strategy so as to better assist its borrowing member countries (BMC) in the provision of appropriate housing solutions, particularly for low and lower middle-income segments.
March 10, 2015
LONDON, England -- Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, as head of the Commonwealth, is to be present in person to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta later this year. The Prince of Wales will also be present in Malta during the meeting.
March 9, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- “Outturns in relation to foreign exchange reserves were mostly positive, proving adequate import cover, in line with balance of payments (BOP) outturns,” and “most BMCs continued to hold reserves in excess of the international 3-month/12-week benchmark.”
March 9, 2015
One simple lesson from history is that when people come together to talk, to exchange ideas and to develop common goals, wonderful things can happen. So many of the world's greatest technological and industrial achievements have begun as partnerships between families, countries, and...
March 9, 2015
Inclusiveness and youthfulness are distinctive characteristics of the Commonwealth. It is through freshness of thought, readiness to test new ideas, and openness to new approaches that our worldwide family continues to fulfil its purpose as a great global good. We continue to grow and flourish.
March 7, 2015
NASSAU, Bahamas (ILO) -- A 1.7 million Euro (US$2 million) project, signed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with funding from the European Union in December 2014, was formally launched with the Caribbean Employers' Confederation and the Caribbean Congress of Labour.
March 6, 2015
GENEVA, Switzerland -- Despite progress in recent years to universally abolish the death penalty, major challenges persist, the United Nations top human rights official said on Wednesday at a high-level debate in Geneva, expressing concern that the death penalty, in practice, is “too often applied...
March 5, 2015
Navigating “Island” Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: “Perhaps it takes courage to raise children.”
March 2, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has made energy security a cross-cutting theme in its new Strategic Plan 2015 to 2019 to help stimulate growth, leverage broader development assistance and improve CDB’s role as a development partner in borrowing member countries.
February 28, 2015
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The head of the United Nations agriculture agency underlined yesterday the huge importance of agriculture and farming to countries of the Caribbean during an address to heads of government at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit in The Bahamas.
February 23, 2015
With a record four million pre-orders for Apple’s best-selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it’s more evident than ever that consumers want the latest in smartphone technology at their fingertips. A new report by analysts at German market research firm GfK determined that global smartphone sales exceeded...
February 17, 2015
MIAMI, USA -- Overstock Miami, a company specializing in providing deeply discounted, brand name consumer goods to the Caribbean and Latin America markets, has opened a new warehouse in the Miami area in South Florida. The company primarily appeals to buyers and resellers...
February 14, 2015
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade is to be erected in March on the grounds of the United Nations headquarters in New York. Jamaica’s minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator A.J. Nicholson, who made...
February 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.
February 9, 2015
LONDON, England -- A Labour government would push for UK overseas territories to be put on an international blacklist if they refuse to co-operate with a drive against tax avoidance, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has told them ahead of general elections in Britain in May.
February 7, 2015
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Just in time for his 70th birthday, Bob Marley’s iconic Land Rover is ready to ride again! The matte-blue 1977 Series III Land Rover which fell into a state of disrepair following the singer’s death over 30 years ago, has been completely restored from clutch to chassis.
February 6, 2015
LONDON, England -- This week the UK Electoral Commission launched a dedicated overseas voter registration campaign. The campaign aims to encourage British citizens living overseas to register to vote ahead of the UK Parliamentary General Election, due to take place on Thursday 7 May 2015.